Upcoming Vintage Pop-Ups

Hi guys, We're excited to announce our upcoming vintage pop-ups, some of which will take place on our PNW road trip, and a couple back home in the Twin Cities! This road trip will be a bit shorter than our trek last winter (see the craziness HERE), but still packed full of adventures and collaborations. Hope you can make it to one of the events. Stop by and try on your favorites from our vintage collection - We'd love to meet ya!

VINTAGE POP-UP SCHEDULE

  • Sunday, August 28th - Moth Oddities at the PDX Flea, a collection of flea & craft makers in Portland, OR.
  • Friday, September 9th - Moth Oddities and Windy Peak Vintage present Fall Forage, a vintage pop-up shop at the Cactus Blossom Collective in Livingston, MT (more info coming soon!)
  • Tuesday, September 13th - Moth Oddities and Proper & Prim present Autumn Vintage, a fashion pop-up shop at Proper & Prim in Fargo, ND (more info coming soon!)
  • Saturday, September 17th - Moth Oddities at the Minne-Mile NightMarket, a late-night shopping event with artists, makers and vintage vendors in Minneapolis, MN
  • Thursday, Friday & Saturday (9/22 - 9/24) - Moth Oddities at Junk Bonanza, a giant indoor shopping experience for antique loves and vintage purveyors in Shakopee, MN

A Vintage Adventure

We just wrapped up A Vintage Adventure, our welcome home pop-up event at findfurnish in collaboration with Tandem Vintage

Ian O'Neill and Yana Pietras of Moth Oddities + Brian Wilcox of FindFurnish + Amanda Baumann of Tandem Vintage

A Vintage Adventure was a social hour and shopping event that culminated our USA road trip and featured the HUNDREDS of amazing vintage items that we collected all over the country. 

At the event we featured spring and summer styles for women and men, circa 1950's - 1990's, with an emphasis on items made in the USA. 

All items were cleaned, steamed, and repaired as necessary to guarantee the freshest start to their new lives. We also tagged each item with its estimated circa date and the city it was found in, so buyers could learn a bit of history about their favorite picks.

We had a great time reliving the best moments of our road trip with our friends, family and the MN creative community. 

April 22nd was not only the opening night of A Vintage Adventure, but also EARTH DAY! It was a blast to celebrate Earth Day and our mission to keep the planet healthy by doing our part in minimizing the amount of textiles that end up in landfills.

We also featured handmade goods by local contributing artists at the event, such as posters, paintings, greeting cards, jewelry, books, and clothing designs.

Thank you to everyone who made it out! Seeing all of your faces was seriously an indescribable feeling. You guys inspire us and your support means the world to us. Feeling all the warm fuzzies right now :) Thank you for your continued support.

Shout out to Emily Rose Photography for taking these amazing pictures of the event! Also a big THANK YOU to our assistants that night: Miranda Meier, Claire Ward & Morgan Davis. CLICK HERE to see more photos.

Thanks for reading!
- XO Yana, Moth Oddities

Moth Oddities Road Trip Recap

We have completed the Moth Oddities Road Trip! Last November we packed up our little car and traveled the United States, collecting vintage along the way, conducting photo shoots in beautiful places and collaborating with creatives and makers around the country. The following is an assortment of questions that we've been asked before, during and after the road trip. Read on to learn more details and stories!

1. What was your road trip route?
Our projected route at the beginning of the trip was to travel the entire perimeter of the United States. Ultimately, this was to avoid the cold winter weather in the midwest and visit the exciting coastal cities with bustling fashion scenes. This route was altered a bit during the road trip as we headed inland to be vendors at a market event in Denver, CO. This updated route also brought us up through Moab, Utah which was exciting because we were able to experience Arches National Park! Other than that slight derail we stayed almost entirely along all the coastal states. Check out the list below to see the cities and towns we visited along the way.

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Fargo, ND
  • Bozeman, MT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Pacific Grove, CA
  • Paso Robles, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Williams, AZ
  • Moab, UT
  • Denver, CO
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Marfa, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Gulf Shores, AL
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Fruit Cove, FL
  • Charleston, SC
  • Washington DC
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Portland, ME
  • Middlebury, VT
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Chicago, IL
  • Richland Center, WI

2. What were your goals for the road trip?
One of our main goals was to spread the word about Moth Oddities and broaden our connections on a nation-wide level. We hoped to work with many creative, like-minded individuals around the country, take part in as many pop-up shops and vintage markets as possible, all while keeping up with our online shop, and adding vintage goodies found on our travels. 

PHoto by NylonSaddle Photography

3. Who did you collaborate with during the road trip?
Throughout the entire road trip we took part in six events and 15 photo shoots. About half of the photo shoots were casual sets with the two of us trading off modeling & photographing, in order to get some new items up on the website. The other half were shoots where we worked with a variety of creatives ranging from models, photographers, stylists, boutique owners, bloggers, architects, and artists. Take a look at the list below to see who we worked with! 

Proper + Prim in
Fargo, ND
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Ink & Such and Moore Custom Goods in Portland, OR
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Sala Architects in
Redwood Forest, CA
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Modern Thrifter in the Old World in
Pacific Grove, CA
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Melrose Trading Post in
Los Angeles, CA
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Palm Springs Vintage Market in
Palm Springs, CA
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Dustin Cox at
Salvation Mountain, CA
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Libby Ewing in
Las Vegas, NV
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Night Bazaar Denver in
Denver, CO
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Pieceology Vintage in
Austin, TX
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Pegasus Studio Inc. in
Dallas, TX
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Sustainably Chic in
Charleston, SC
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Artists & Fleas in
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
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Lake Shore Lady and Ali B. Photography in Chicago, IL
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Megan Cline in
Chicago, IL
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Enchanted Highway, North Dakota

4. How long were you on the road?
We left Minneapolis on November 18th, 2015 and arrived back home on March 24th, 2016. We were on the road for a little over four months.

5. How many miles did you drive?
Our odometer reads around 8,280 miles.

6. How many states did you visit?
35 states.

7. Did you plan everything beforehand or did you make it up as you went along?
When the trip started we had everything from Minneapolis, MN to Portland, OR planned out. After that it was a free-for-all. We made it up along the way! A few connections actually built off one another leading to all kinds of different opportunities.

8. What vehicle did you drive?
- YANA - The Moth Mobile! a.k.a. A grey Honda civic. We get asked this question the most out of any other question. People expect us to have a much cooler answer.
- IAN - People always expect a bus! Well, we've been searching for a larger vehicle and when we find it will definitely be driving that across the country next time.

9. What did you pack?
Two huge storage boxes full of vintage, two huge suitcases full of vintage, one huge hiking backpack full of vintage, and two small suitcases for our personal belongings. Thanks to our good friends Adam & Kevnea for letting us borrow their car topper for four months, we could also bring a full length mirror, a small table, two clothing racks and a large wooden Moth Oddities sign for our events. There was packaging materials for online purchases, camping gear that we ended up sending home to make room for more vintage, a bag full of car snacks, and our bikes strapped to the back of the car.

Lover's Point, Pacific Grove, California

10. Were you paying for an apartment lease back home?
Nope. There is no way we could have afforded the trip if we had an apartment back home. After our lease ended in October of 2015 we moved all of our belongings into Yana's parents guest bedroom - Thanks, guys!

11. What type of lodging did you stay in? 
It was pretty 50/50 between staying with friends and family vs. staying at an Airbnb. We are extremely fortunate to have many loved ones in different states who have let us crash their couches, air-mattresses, and guest rooms. Some even let us take over their own rooms! (crazy, right?) They shared their homes but they also shared their time and for that we are truly grateful. Not only did it save us money and make this trip possible, but having a local show you around their city is 1,000x more fun than if you’re doing it on your own. They already know the great places to visit, the yummy restaurants, the beautiful sights, and the best of the best dive bars. Thank you to EVERYONE who has been a part of this road trip. Each of you enhanced our experiences so much. Shout outs to all of you below!

Kelsey Reinke - Uncle Jim & Aunt Sally Mahady-Adam - Jimmy & Charlie Mahady - Luke Nord & Bonnie Gail - Brian Nielson - Gina Pagnella & the Pagnella family - Uncle Mark Mahady - Libby Ewing - April Onebane - Ellen Macdonald - Grampa James O’Neill - Kevin & Pam O’Neill - Uncle Michael, Uncle Mark, Rex & Lilly Pietras-Weed - Rachel Borka - Uncle Phil & Aunt Kathy Pietras - John Pietras & Michaela Mahady - Megan Cline

12. Where was your favorite place to visit?
- YANA - This is a very difficult question to answer! There is so much variety and rich culture all over the United States. Austin, TX is one city that stands out to me because its overflowing creative scene, endless outdoor activities and amazing warm weather.
- IAN - My favorite single spot would have to be New York City. I loved the energy of the city and exploring different parts of The Big Apple. Everything is on a grander scale. It makes you think that the possibilities are endless.

Manhattan, New York City

13. Could you imagine living in any of the locations that you visited?
That was one of the most fun things to do in each place, imagining what it would be like if we lived there… 'Where would we live? Where would our Moth Oddities shop be? What would we do for fun? How would our lives be different than living in Minnesota?' Even though it was fun to entertain these thoughts, it honestly became very clear to us how much we consider Minneapolis our home-base. We would love to get a rhythm down so that we could live in Minneapolis for a period of time and then travel for a period of time. The road trip has made us realize that we can, in a way, do our job from anywhere! But we still find it important to continue to be a part of the Minneapolis creative scene.

14. Where did you find the best food? 

IAN'S FAVORITES

YANA'S FAVORITES

Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, CA
Sushi 21 in Las Vegas, NV

15. What was the most rewarding experience you had during the road trip?
- YANA - There have been a whole slew of rewarding experiences that we shared together as Moth Oddities but some of my favorite memories of the trip were when we actually took days off work (what a concept, right?). It was during those days off that we connected with 'the road' in a entirely different way. We had the opportunity to visit seven national parks. We spent whole days hiking through terrain that I could only ever dream of before having seen it with my own eyes. We purchased the America the Beautiful Pass, the annual access pass to all National Parks, and we highly recommend it! If you're ever planning to visit multiple National Parks in one year, this pass pays for itself after about three visits.

Grand Canyon National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Olympic National Forest
Grand Canyon National Park
White Sands National Monument
Arches National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
White Sands National Monument
Arches National Park

16. Who has been a source of inspiration on the road trip?
- YANA - We met one of my BIGGEST idols on the road trip! Blog readers, meet Mark Hunter a.k.a. The Cobra Snake. The Cobra Snake is a famous photographer who captures everything in the global hipster culture from party photos to fashion editorials. He also owns a vintage shop located in Hollywood, CA called The Cobra Shop. The edgy aesthetic and funky style has kept me coming back to the online shop for years. The Cobra Shop has always been a huge inspiration and helped me jump into the world of selling vintage and starting Moth Oddities. The Cobra Snake brand also includes a fun fitness club. Twice a week, Mark leads a running group through the hills of Runyon Canyon. We joined the New Years Day run during our visit. We had a blast and left Los Angeles feeling completely re-invigorated and inspired. Thanks for taking the time to meet with us, Mark!

- IAN - I was inspired by Justin Godfrey of Whiskey & Honey. W&H is a vintage shop based in Seattle, WA co-owned by Justin & Ariel Tustin. They are located in Georgetown, which bore a strong resemblance to industrial parts of Northeast MPLS. We rang a doorbell on the way in which established the homey feel of the building that used to be a hotel and home to the Hells Angels. Their shop instantly drew me in. I remember walking around and wanting to interact with every object I saw: old baseball gloves, cameras, perfectly worn in jeans, and vintage patterned blankets that seem perfectly jumbled into place. Their careful and thoughtfully developed aesthetic is an inspiration to me and makes me want to delve more into vintage Americana menswear. We really appreciated the time they took to meet with us and for their advice on the whole vintage slangin' lifestyle. Thanks Justin & Ariel!

17. What is one of the best moments you shared on the road trip?
IAN - Around the Christmas holiday we took the time to reflect on our road trip experiences and discuss goals for the future. At that time we had been on the road for a little over a month. Everything still felt so new. Each place was an adventure in itself. I remember how happy we were realizing that we could manage something as crazy as ending our lease, bringing our business on the road and working together to chase the dreams we are creating for ourselves.

Paso Robles, California

18. What was the worst experience you had during the road trip?
- YANA -  The worst experience I had during the road trip was an epic bike wipe-out while speeding down a steep hill in San Francisco. I was wearing my helmet and thankfully didn't break any limbs. However, I managed to get all tangled up in my bike and have the pedal and my crotch meet at FULL FORCE. Needless to say, we took a few days off from the bikes because of my bruised undercarriage.

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

19. How could you afford taking this trip?
- IAN - Yana and I started planning the road trip about a year in advance. We quickly adopted an extra frugal lifestyle to save as much money as we could. We scaled back on going out to eat, we picked up freelance design projects and I went back to work part-time for two months before the trip. On the trip, we visited places based on their vintage markets and creative opportunities that would benefit the business and allow us to make important connections with people in our field. We also sustained ourselves with sales from the online shop, which increased a ton with the exposure we gained from the road trip! 

20. Was Moth Oddities successful during the trip?
Yes! We have had increased online sales and gained many new followers on our social media platforms. Both of these are metrics for gauging success for this trip. 

Fargo, North Dakota

21. Have you found ways to be frugal while traveling? If so, what tips do you have?
Going out to eat was always enticing but one of the best ways to save money on the road trip was to make our own food. We actively sought out Airbnbs where we were able to use the kitchen to cook most of our meals from home. We reserved going out for celebratory occasions and tried to take advantage of local happy hours.

22. What discoveries did you make on the road trip?
- YANA - Traveling is a great way to learn about people, the world, and our place in the world. It’s a cyclical pattern. After entering a new place you learn about the place itself, the people who inhabit it, the way they interact with the world and with one another. This all makes you reflect on yourself. How you interact with your environment and with those around you. The road trip made me think about this topic often. Ian and I had great late night discussions about how we felt slightly different from one place to the next, just based on the character of the particular place. There were times on the trip where I felt like I was the dorkiest Midwestern lady, speed walking with my visor and “OOH MY!” attitude. Then there were times where I felt like the most free-spirited flower child in the room, sitting cross-legged on the floor and being just a tad too free with my opinions. The thing is, I wasn’t changing at all… my environment was changing. The people were changing. One of the biggest discoveries I made on the road trip was becoming more aware of myself, as a woman, in each environment. 

Alpine, Texas

23. If you could do it differently, what would you do?
For our first USA road trip attempting the perimeter was a HUGE feat. Traveling the perimeter was a great way to get a small taste of each region and see a vast variety of things all over the country. Our future road trips will be more focused. We will spend a longer period of time in each region so we can truly immerse ourselves in the culture. 

24. What are you looking forward to in the future?
The road trip had a way of igniting all sorts of goals for Moth Oddities. It fueled our wanderlust. We have already begun to plan for future travels. Reflecting on this road trip has given us great insight into how we can continue to travel, seek out the best vintage treasures and share our finds with you. We're excited to put what we learned into practice and take part in awesome creative collaborations and pop-up shops in Minneapolis. 

We're especially looking forward to our welcome home event, A Vintage Adventure. A Vintage Adventure is a social hour and shopping event to celebrate the completion of the Moth Oddities Road Trip. Stop by to shop incredible spring and summer styles for women and men, circa 1950's - 1990's, with an emphasis on items made in the USA. Funky fashion lovers, you won't want to miss it! A Vintage Adventure will take place on Friday, April 22nd from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. The event is in collaboration with Tandem Vintage and will take place at findfurnish in Northeast Minneapolis. Feel free to get a head start and browse our Road Trip collection.

Bozeman, Montana

Thanks for reading the recap. Hope you enjoyed following along with the Moth Oddities Road Trip. We really appreciate your continued support!

Happy Trails,
- Yana + Ian, Moth Oddities

Artist Bio: Megan Cline

During our time spent in Chicago, IL we stayed with my good friend Megan Cline! Megan has a long history with Moth Oddities. She has been around since the beginning, making appearances as a Contributing Artist as well as a Featured Traveler in our Wanderlust Collection! She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in printmaking. During our stay in Chicago, Megan gave us a tour of her new studio space and let us take a peek at her current projects. Read our Q+A below to learn more!

Tell us more about your new studio space! 
I recently got a studio space with Autotelic Studios, which is a non-profit that takes alternative spaces in Chicago and develops them into creative workspaces for artists. This space isn’t just about providing a workplace, but focuses on developing a community of artists. Being a part of a community like this is so important to me. I currently have a communal studio space. Everyone involved has their own designated spots, but the floor plan is very open so there is a nice balance of a sense of belonging but having moments of peace.

What are some things you like about the studio space?
Having a studio space allows for my work to breathe more by being in an open environment. I also love having access to certain amenities like a wood shop and a future screen-printing studio. Having these resources allows me to be more interdisciplinary and cross over different mediums.

What are you inspired by? 
I’m fascinated by the idea of substitution. Specifically how one develops a space through repurposing obtainable objects in order to create a new, maybe even typically unobtainable space. I love seeing other people’s homes because I think this is the one space where a person has the full ability to alter and develop based on their needs. You can learn a lot about people simply by seeing how they've put time and care into their homes. I love the contrast of synthetic objects vs. handmade, almost clumsy objects. It reflects a need for change.

Do you collaborate with other artists? If so, who? and how so?
I love to collaborate as it pushes the boundaries that I sometimes force my work into. I am currently collaborating with artist Michelle Miller. She makes dynamic and graphic screen prints composed of an incredible amount of layering. Her prints are a contrast to my more delicate and organic work. She’s been so generous to donate uneditioned prints to my collage materials. The addition of these elements has been really successful. The next step of the collaboration will involve her making a screen print in response to my collages, which I’m very eager to see, because this will allow for this to spiral into a sort of back-and-forth visual conversation.

What are you working on in your new studio space?
Along with the current collages I’m working on with Michelle, I am also focusing on sculpture. Both relate to one another and center around repurposing, but my sculpture is more about a specific space, while my collages are more about developing unseen spaces.

Describe your most recent projects. 
The collages I’m working on utilize found imagery from design and luxury magazines. I assemble them onto window screen mesh.

Mesh, an object found in almost every home, serves an important purpose of controlling what goes in and out. However, it is an object we often overlook. For the collages, I want to construct new architectural landscapes and environments. I do so by repurposing the relatable images from the magazines of objects that we are often told we should have by our commercial society. 

The current sculpture that I’m working on focuses on the ideas of luxury and design and getting away with a 'fake'. 

In a more straightforward way, I’m mimicking a smaller version of a marble column by constructing together wood, cardboard, and an adhesive paper that imitates the look of marble, but naturally (and purposefully for the sake of the concept) the result is unstable. 

As a response to its instability, I chose to create a landing pad for the column in case it were to collapse. The landing pad is designed of a foam mattress pad, an easily accessible and functional material, covered with hunting camo fabric. Using the hunting camo fabric was a way for me to take a familiar pattern (I have seen it often in my father’s home) and alter it to add an entirely different design to a functional object. Overall, the column, a representation for luxury, is a desire so strong that I would rather have a cheap, unstable, substitution and develop a way of securing it, instead of than not having it at all.

Where do you plan to display these projects? 
My current projects aren’t site specific, but I’m in the process of developing display ideas based on my apartment. It is not about the idea of putting art in my home, but having a conversation about the quirks and frustrations of developing a space specific to me and my needs.

How do you support the local artist community? 
Whenever possible I attend art opening receptions and local sales. I also plan to contribute more to developing programs with the Autotelic Studios.

What other artists influence your work?
I love Rachel Harrison’s use of assemblage of found/readymade objects and the handmade. By taking ordinary items and assembling them into completely unique forms, she makes very unidentifiable objects that still somehow feel relatable. Her work demands presence in a space. I love how she focuses on not allowing the work to have a front, instead every aspect and angle is important for creating a different reaction.

How would you say that traveling has affected your work?
I recently went on a four month backpacking trip where I was very nomadic. I feel that the trip focused my desire on developing spaces because there was a certain longing for a home of my own. To me traveling is incredibly important, not just to learn about others, but it forces you to test yourself and see what you can and cannot live without.

Thanks for following along. Check back soon for updates about Megan and her artwork. In the meantime, shop her dynamic prints in our Apartment section!

- XO Yana, Moth Oddities

Lake Shore Lady + Ali B. Photography

Our last stop on the Moth Oddities road trip was Chicago, IL! During our stay we had the pleasure of working with my good friend Ali Burgoon who I met during college while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Ali took beautiful travel photos during our adventures throughout Europe and after returning home her passion for photography went from hobby to full-on side job!

She now photographs engagement sessions, family portraits, event celebrations and fashion sets for local bloggers, including one of my all-time favorite bloggers from the Chicago area, Lauren Nolan of Lake Shore Lady!

We were so excited to hear that Lauren was into the idea of modeling some of our new spring & summer items like this vintage floral midi skirt and these vintage umbrella beach shorts

With her fabulous styling skills she brought a whole new light to our vintage items and made them look so fresh and contemporary!

We had a great time working with Lauren and Ali. We learned a lot from observing how these two work together. 

Professional, open-minded, quick and confident, they got these beautiful shots within minutes! We can't wait to collaborate with them again next time we come through Chicago :)

Excited for warmer weather? What is your favorite spring style? Comment below!

Thanks for reading!
- XO Yana, Moth Oddities

Artists & Fleas

Moth Oddities participated in the Artists & Fleas Williamsburg market while in New York City! The market occurs every weekend from 10am - 7pm featuring handmade goods, vintage clothing and collectibles from all different types of vendors. Artists and Fleas began in 2003 in a warehouse building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and has since expanded to have a markets in Manhattan's Chelsea district and Los Angeles, in both the Arts District and Venice. The market was established as a weekly marketplace to bring together emerging artists, indie designers, vintage collectors and enthusiasts, and anyone seeking a place to show and sell together. 

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We posted up the whole weekend in our mini 6' x 6' space with two racks of our favorite vintage items and a few fun accessories displayed beneath. We also hung a map that illustrated our road trip route so we could show customers exactly where we found their item!

We had such a great time interacting with all the stylish New Yorkers who came through and browsed our racks. The energy in Williamsburg is fantastic - very trendy, fast-paced and creative. Thanks to Artists & Fleas for welcoming us to the neighborhood. We will be back! 

Thanks for reading, Cheers!

- Ian, Moth Oddities